A deputy was forced to shoot and kill a man who charged at him with a knife in Tampa on Tuesday, the Hillsborough County sheriff said.
In a news conference, Sheriff Chad Chronister said the situation on Gregory Drive started around 1:15 p.m. when a family member called about a suicidal man. Deputies have identified that man as 52-year-old Jesus Calderon.
When a deputy responded to the home, the sheriff said Calderon got out of a chair, raised a knife aggressively and started moving toward the deputy. When Calderon refused to drop the knife, Chronister says the deputy was forced to shoot.
“The deputy had no time. It happened so fast. When the deputy first approached the subject and came within close proximity, he didn’t see the knife until the subject jumped up and began aggressively displaying the knife,” the sheriff said.
Calderon was taken to AdventHealth where he was later pronounced dead.
The deputy involved in the shooting was identified by Sheriff Chronister as 42-year-old Deputy Kevin Stabins. Stabins has been with the sheriff’s office for 19 years. Chronister said this is the first time he has had to use deadly force.
“He’s visibly emotional, he’s upset,” Chronister said of the deputy. “I think visibly bothered by the fact that he had to deploy deadly force.”
Sheriff Chronister said in his news conference this is the eighth suicidal subject call the sheriff’s office has received from the home since 2018.
“I think it says we need to make treatment available to everyone who needs it,” Chronister said.